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-year anniversary of superstorm sandy's landfall on the northeast and the destruction that it brought to a ruinous path through connecticut, new york, new jersey, and rhode island. and i will be joined today on the floor and ask unanimous consent that we be permitted to engage in a colloquy by my colleagues from new york, senator schumer; and from rhode island, senator whitehouse, if there is no objection. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. blumenthal: thank you, mr. president. i can scarcely capture in words the awesome, monstrous power of this storm as it hit the northeast. and as i traveled through it, i was near the coastline of connecticut, traveling some of the roads in the midst of this storm as it ripped through my state, tearing apart communities along our coast, destroying homes and businesses, displacing families, forever altering the shoreline itself. and anybody who questions the power of nature at its most destructive should have seen this storm as it unfolded and the damage that it left in its wake. in fact, in connecticut, $770 million in damages. what i remember from to
, super storm sandy made landfall in my part of the united states. its impact up and down the east coast were devastating and heartbreaking. new york, new jersey, parts of new england were hit particularly hard. in delaware, we did not experience the level of devastation that was inflicted on our neighbors to the north and to the east, but our state did receive significant damage. in total, there were over 200 detectives attributed to superstorm sandy. today we remem remember the lives lost and those forever impacted by this storm. as i travel through delaware during and after the storm i saw some of the massive impacts of that storm firsthand. but i saw something else as well. i saw people from all walks of life pulling together, helping one another and taking care of their neighbors. the impacts of that superstorm are still fresh in my mind today as we continue to rebuild. in delaware, new jersey, in new york, and other places up the east coast. but not only are the impacts of the superstorm still fresh in my mind, something else is as well and that is this: the extraordinary efforts o
's continued effort to recover and rebuild from the devastation of superstorm sandy, which struck my are state a year ago today. working together, new jerseyans have made incredible progress in coming back from what the storm delivered, but our work continues. for those who have suffered so much loss, a year seems like an eternity. they must know that until all of the damage done by the tomorrow is undone, and until all the work needed to prk our state and its people, their property -- and their property from future storms like this is completed, we will not rest. so as i prepare to make the transition back to private life, i do so with a deep sen sense of grass tiewd to all move to made my service in the senate possible. this has been for me a remarkable five months. i know that i will in theees ahead look back on this time with gratitude and appreciation for the privilege of having served the people of new jersey in the senate of the united states of america. thank you, mr. president. i yield back. the presiding officer: the senator from delaware. mr. carper: while, the senator is still on t
are hotter, our droughts are drier and storms are fiercer. just over a year ago hurricane sandy crippled new york city and new jersey causing some 65 billion in damages. record floods swamped almost 200-miles of colorado, washed away roads, damaging or destroying thousand of homes and killing at least eight people for too long our political leaders found reason to dlag the feet. some dismissed the signs. others thought the danger of climate change would become real long after they dead. they thought they could lead it to another generation or government to make the hard choices and take the tough votes. al gore saw it differently. he decided somebody need to say the difficult thing, the courageous thing. he told us the truth. climate change is real and dangerous. it's happening now. we should have begun to address the happen habits long ago. it didn't begin when he told the world about the truth. by the time we worked together in the clinton administration as a congressman senator, and vice president, al gore was
or democrat. i think that's why that's so central. now, what i'd like to do is have sandy or somebody -- were are these people? do you have microphones? i think you do. i would be happy to respond to questions, as they say, and even answer some. and i'll do my best. and what you need to do i suppose is raise your hand and sandy will bring a mic. i always hate to the first question. [laughter] anyone who pops up like a jack-in-the-box with the first question -- >> hello? >> scares me to death. >> boy, those lights are bright. make it a good one. i'm going to embarrass you if you don't. [laughter] >> here's what we will do, mr. secretary speak weight. someone will have to turn his mic on. you had the floor up there before, sandy. >> who passed the first question? okay. you've got it, okay. is your mic on? >> well, mr. secretary, i do have two quick questions -- >> no, no. and 81 in july. i do not, i do not need multiparty questions. [laughter] >> okay. >> its 17 but it's 10:15 in washington from were i flew in yesterday. single part questions. >> okay. spent but i mean feel free to go ahead. [l
the own undercover agents in the occupy sandy relief efforts. and that, i think, has a real foacial chill people's activity. people who may want to go out and participate in occupy sandy and relief effort or the original occupy movement may be chilled from doing so if they think that their participation will be noted and it may have repurr cushion down the road. in some way it's a good audience to convey the point. there a lot of young people who might want jobs at rand or made in political movement if they want security clierns down the line. i think that's a profound problem. to go back to the oversight. there's a legal issue by the in surveillance problem because a doctrine of standing. whichly not bore you with in great detail. just to say there's a doctrine that said you can't challenge a program unless you can prove you have been harmed by it and your own subjective reaction to the program is not enough. so you to prove you have been targeted by it. well, nobody can prove they have been targeted by secret surveillance programs. so lawsuits, the aclu has brought the challenge the var
and how this affects public safety. the case of trayvon martin like sandy hook massacre -- mr. chairman i requested hearings on this matter as member of the house judiciary committee that receive no response from the chairman. examining the "stand your ground" law's and whether they make our communities safer or less safe is critically important as part of a larger emanation of the impact of gun violence on america. sadly we lose a classroom full of kids every day to gun violence across this country and there have been no hearings in the house so senator durbin i applaud you for your leadership and for holding this hearing are the fundamental problem is americans are so afraid of other americans that they feel they must arm themselves. the gum lobby is pursuing to reshape our laws to make this practice more socially and legally acceptable. special interest are relaxing our laws resulting in an escalation of the deadliness of these confrontations. i've never believed allowing more guns will mean less gun violence. we must confront the deadly combination on easily available guns. we must ex
are gone. my successor and elected insurance republican commissioner sandy kraeger and i worked on a whole series of plans to expand coverage. i did work on these issues and we were not necessary -- >> you say these were lousy plans and miss tavenner said no true insurance. do you think the plans weren't true insurance? >> in the individual market, the insurance commissioner in kansas and virtually every place in the country -- >> it's a yes -- >> it's a yes or no question. were they true insurance plans? >> a lot of them are not true insurance plans, no. >> i yield back. >> gentleman from vermont. >> i'm going to summarize what i've been hearing. number one, the website must be fixed. you've been very forthright and you're going to fix it. number two, we've had a real battle about health care, had a battle in this congress. it was passed and the president signed it and the supreme court affirmed it, a brutal battle. there was an election people where the american people affirmed it and then the shut down in the threat of deabt default. all of us represent people who are going to win or lo
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